Director of Nursing (RN)

Helia Healthcare Saint Louis, MO

JOB SUMMARY

This position requires an individual who is dependable, self sufficient and can easily multi-task. Qualified candidate will plan, organize, develop and direct the overall operation of the Nursing Department in accordance with local, state, and federal guidelines and regulations. The position is charged with responsibility to ensure the quality of care is delivered consistently to the resident population; and performs related work as required.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Performs duties and responsibilities with assigned functional area within a nursing home facility which may include, but are not limited to, any combination of the following tasks:

The Director of Nursing will recognize and respond to the nursing and health care of residents. This person will effectively manage the nursing department with regard to residents, employees, families' visitors and the public. The Director of Nursing will make prompt and accurate nursing assessment and care and management judgments. This individual will perform the essential functions of the job in a manner, which benefits residents of the facility and complies with business necessity without causing undue hardship.

* Ensures nursing staff is providing quality and appropriate resident / patient care that meets or exceeds company and regulatory standards.

* Oversees the provision of appropriate medications, treatments and general nursing services according to the resident's care plan and physician directed orders.

* Monitors and controls inventories of drugs and supplies.

* Assist in the preparation of annual budget for facility. Monitors monthly performance of nursing services in relation to budget and intervenes as needed.

* Schedules and performs resident / patient rounds to monitor and evaluate the quality and appropriateness of nursing care.

* Maintain administrative authority, responsibility and accountability for the proper charting and documentation of care and of medications and treatments.

* Recruit, hire, provide orientation/training, and retain a sufficient number of qualified nursing staff to carry out services.

* Adopts and implements facility Clinical Policies and Procedures, including but not limited to: Incidents and fall prevention program, TB Control Program, weight program and Infection Control Program.

* Develops and implements the written staffing plan and nursing schedule that reflects the needs of the resident and resident population.

* Ensure all required records are maintained and submitted, as appropriate, in an accurate and timely manner.

* Evaluate current and potential residents and patients to ensure facility can provide appropriate level of care.

* Maintain regular and ongoing communication with facility Medical Director ensuring programs and care services meet the needs of patients / residents.

* Complete required forms and documents in accordance with company policy and state and/or federal regulations.

* Manage clinical aspects of state or federal government survey processes.

* Knows and understands Illinois Department Public Health regulations and requirements.

* Involved with the safety of the resident population by ensuring that all health, fire, safety and sanitation codes are carried out in accordance with the facility's disaster and OSHA plans.

* Assists in the development, implementation and maintenance of an ongoing Quality Assurance program

* Other duties may be assigned.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRMENTS

* Graduate of an accredited school of Nursing.

* Valid IL State licensure as an RN.

* Minimum 3 years experience as a Director of Nursing in a long term care environment.

* One to three (1-3) years of management or supervisory experience in long-term care, acute care, restorative or geriatric nursing.

* Strong management and organizational skills.

* Thorough understanding of regulatory process, MDS and care planning process.

* Fiscal and budgetary knowledge.

* Must know documentation requirements and be driven by quality care standards.

* Ability to work with physicians and other healthcare professionals.

* Proficient in the use of personal computer.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

* While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to sit, use hands and fingers, handle, or feel reach with hands and arms; talk or hear, and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability adjust focus.

* While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to blood or other body fluids, fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.